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My nephew is getting his first console this Christmas and I wanted to get some advice on setting it up with parental controls. There's a lot online so I know I can restrict games, DVDs, online communication, etc. But what I don't get is the best way to go about it.

The parents aren't into tech and he will be the only one playing it, plus my younger niece. Is it easier just to make restrictions for all users systemwide, or do they have to create an account themselves and then create a child account? The fewer number of accounts to jump into and manage would be better for them.

Can you download the free monthly games even if you don't have permission to make purchases? I have a 360 and the free games are "bought" for $0, but technically you're still going through a checkout and buying.

Finally, can you allow chat with friends and no one else? I want him to be able to talk via headset with his buddies, but not open him up to the entire online community.

Thanks!

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Tuesday, January 01 2019, 05:23 PM
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    Tuesday, January 01 2019, 05:23 PM - #Permalink

    Here's one major issue with all the parental controls that I recently ran into with my son, who is also 12. If he makes an account and uses his legit age he will be censored from all game above his current age. Sounds reasonable enough, until you realize just how many games are rated over 12. Now my son has no way of purchasing or installing games over his age even if I consent to them. In hindsight, I would have just monitored his account more closely and allowed him full access to all games available. Also, just imagine in a few years, when he's 17 he still won't be able to play any and all games rated 18, even though all his friends will most likely be playing them

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    Wednesday, January 02 2019, 09:02 AM - #Permalink

    Hi,
    You need to take under the control everything that concerns the web and its harmful influence. Accounts, chats, traffic, browser`s history. Recently I have read some positive reviews about the system called mspy. Many parents underline that it has very vulnerable options. For instance it gives an opportunity to read kid`s messages and monitor his location. As for me such options can be very useful, especially for teens. They are so unpredictable! I have two boys and believe I would install something like that anyway just to be on the safe side. :p

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